31 July, 2017

VA - Flamenco Jazz (2003)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:22 | Size: 143.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Well you needn't(Chano Dominguez)
02. Dejate llevar(Carlos Pinana)
03. El vito(Javier Denis)
04. Calima(Gerardo Nunez)
05. Ande yo caliente(Ramon Jimenez)
06. Chaneando(Juan Cortes)
07. La raiz se mueve(Agustin Carbonell 'Bola')
08. Romance arabe(Henry Vincent)
09. Cuando diga jazz(Sergio Monroy)
10. Sierra magica(Pepe Juastica)
11. Alegrias del Rio de la Plata(Guillermo McGill)
12. Bemsha Swing(Chano Dominguez)
 

The Big Chris Barber Band - European Tour (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:15:41 | Size: 169.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Bourbon Street Parade (Barbarin) 5.27
02. Rent Party Blues (Ellington/Hodges) 3.19
03. Jungle Nights In Harlem (Ellington) 2.45
04. The Spell Of The Blues (Johnston/Dreyewr/Ruby) 2.57
05. Jubilee Stomp (Ellington) 3.28
06. Precious Lord, Lead Me On (Dorsey) 5.28
07. Wabash Blues (Ringle/Meinken) 6.33
08. Wild Cat Blues (Waller/Williams) 3.27
09. Merry-Go-Round (Ellington) 3.42
10. Black & Tan Fantasy/TheMooche (Ellington/Wesley) 8.19
11. C JamBlues (Ellington) 5.00
12. Corn Bread, Peas & Black Molasses (Terry/McGhee) 4.13
13. Hot & Bothered (Ellington) 2.38
14. Petite Fleur (Bechet) 3.28
15. When The Saints Go Marching In (Traditional) 11.05
16. Ice Cream (Johnson/King/Moll) 3.58
 
Label – Self Release

Chris Barber - trombone, bass, vocals
Richard Exall, David Horniblow, Ami Roberts - clarinet, saxophone
Mike Henry - trumpet, cornet
Bob Hunt - trombone, trumpet
Peter Rudeforth - trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Farler - banjo, guitar
Jackie Flavelle - bass
Gregor Beck - drums
 
This new CD covers almost a complete concert of the present Big Chris Barber Band. However, not all the recordings are from a single concert: all the recordings were made in January and February 2011 in England, Scotland and Germany. Rebecca Evans, the band's sound engineer, mixed and put together the best ones from several concerts for the CD, supported by the band's banjo player Joe Farler, known as a technical wizard. The sound quality of the live recordings is great.
 

Prato, Bell, Luckin Trio - Through The Tunnel (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:38 | Size: 105.70 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01.Through The Tunnel (4:44)
02.Freedom Of Mind (5:50)
03.Black Orpheus (6:34)
04.Tortoise (6:16)
05.La Radio De Ana (4:02)
06.Move On Up (4:01)
07.Ziran (4:26)
08.Head (6:05)
09.Modaji (8:44)

Diego Prato - guitar
Arron Bell - bass
Joe Luckin - drums

Guest:
Jack Tinker - trumpet
 

Opus 5 - Progression (2013)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:02:03 | Size: 142.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Snow Child (Donald Edwards)
2. Fear Of Rooming (Seamus Blake)
3. Climbing (Alex Sipiagin)
4. Walk A Waltz (Boris Kozlov)
5. Geraldine (Donald Edwards)
6. Inner Balance (Boris Kozlov)
7. For Instance, Take This (Donald Edwards)

Alex Sipiagin - trumpet, flugelhorn
Seamus Blake - tenor and soprano sax
David Kikoski - piano
Boris Kozlov - bass
Donald Edwards - drums


Recorded September 4, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY, USA
 
Opus 5's third studio album, 2014's Progression, finds the Criss Cross label supergroup delivering more of their sophisticated post-bop sound. As on past albums, Progression features the talents of saxophonist Seamus Blake, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, pianist David Kikoski, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Donald Edwards. A collaborative ensemble, each member of Opus 5 contributes an arrangement here which helps raise the bar from a simple blowing session to a distinct, group-oriented aesthetic, which is not to say there isn't a fair share of harmonically advanced, intensely swinging playing on display. On the contrary, cuts like the lithe album-opener "Snow Bird," the lilting, 3/4 number "Fear of Roaming," and the soulful swing-funk track "Walk a Waltz," are urbane, highly engaging numbers that bring to mind '70s-era Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson. Much more than a label-based ensemble, Opus 5 are one of the best contemporary post-bop groups of their time and Progression is simply further evidence of that conclusion.
 

Miles Donahue - The Bug (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:55 | Size: 119.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Bill 05:05
2 The Bug 06:35
3 All Grown Up 06:36
4 Hawthorne Hideaway 05:15
5 Leaving Home 03:52
6 Swamp House 09:19
7 Clifford 05:11
8 Innocent Bystander 07:37
9 In Three 08:29

Whaling City Sound
 
Miles Donahue - as, tp, flhn
Jerry Bergonzi - ts, ss
Tim Ray - p
Tamir Shmerling - b
Ralph Peterson, Larry Finn - d
Mike Stern - g
 

Herb Alpert - Music Vol. 1 (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:36 | Size: 88.71 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Flamingo (3:20)
02. Unforgettable (3:05)
03. Michelle (3:52)
04. C'est Si Bon (3:08)
05. I'm Yours (3:05)
06. Cheek To Cheek (3:18)
07. Just A Gigolo (2:40)
08. Witchcraft (4:01)
09. Sugarfoot (3:21)
10. Strike Up The Band (2:55)
11. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (3:34)
12. Imagine (2:16)

Label: Herb Alpert Presents
 

Dominic Galea's London Quintet - Jozetta (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:06 | Size: 99.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Once Upon a Time (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
02. Homage to Bud Powell (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
03. Harvest Time (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
04. The State of the Soul (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
05. Ten Past Eleven (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
06. Jozetta (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
07. The Chairman's Lunch (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)
08. Mixed Feelings (feat. Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Mark Lewandowski & Clark Tracey)

TenToTen Records
 

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Once When I Was Very Young (1991)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:39 | Size: 135.13 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Once When I Was Very Young
02. What Is This Thing Called Love?
03. Among My Souvenirs
04. Dancin' in Rhythm
05. Yesterdays
06. In a Little Spanish Town
07. Stardust
08. Shine on Harvest Moon
09. Gone With the Wind
10. (This Is My First Affair So) Please Be Kind
11. Once When I Was Very Young
 
Label - Limelight
Recorded May 1991
 
On this nostalgic and often wistful set, Dave Brubeck and his 1991 Quartet (clarinetist Bill Smith, bassist Jack Six and drummer Randy Jones) play eight songs from the pianist's childhood, such numbers as "Shine on Harvest Moon," "Stardust" and "Among My Souvenirs." In addition Brubeck (who is in top form) contributed "Dancin' in Rhythm" and the title cut which in its second version is performed by a choral group.
 

Avi Avital & Omer Avital - Avital Meets Avital (2016)


Genre: Jazz / Classical | Total Time: 47:53 | Size: 101.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Zamzama
2. Lonely Girl
3. Ana Maghrebi
4. Avi's Song
5. Ballad For Eli
6. Prelude
7. Maroc
8. Hijazain
9. The Source And The Sea (Balada Al Maayan Ve`Yam)

Explosively charismatic (New York Times) classical mandolin player Avi Avital teams up with jazz bassist Omer Avital for Avital Meets Avital. Of no relation, both musicians were born and raised by Moroccan parents in Israel.
Avital Meets Avital brings their different musical backgrounds and shared cultural heritage into dialogue, drawing on the diverse influences of Moroccan and North African sounds, classical and jazz traditions, Israeli harmonies, and Mediterranean rhythms.

Recording Date August, 2016
 

Archie Ajay Jackson - To Love Another (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:50 | Size: 88.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Let's Go Higher
02. Stay by My Side
03. Love as We Grow
04. Always Love (feat. Jelford J-Rhodes Wade)
05. I Never Get Enough
06. Together as One
07. Live to Love
08. Long to Love You
09. You're Not Alone
10. Swing into Love

Instrumental Smooth Soul Funk Jazz, listen and lose yourself in the groove with Bassist Archie Ajay Jackson and his Co-Producer Jelford J-Rhodes Wade as they bring you more Grooves like the first CD they created together Pressing On. Nice Smooth and Funky Mix which creates a nice gumbo of grooves to ride along to or simply chill out at home with headphones.
 

Russell Malone - Heartstrings (2001)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 45:59 | Size: 101.50 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Heartstrings
02. How About Me
03. Loved Ones
04. You Needed Me
05. Handful Of Stars
06. Wind In The Willow
07. Why Try To Change Me Now
08. The Bad And The Beautiful
09. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
10. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Russell Malone-guitar
Kenny Barron-piano
Christian McBride-bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts-drums
And Strings Orchestra


Recorded In New York And Hollywood,January 15 & March 28,2001.
String Arrangements By Johnny Mandel(# 1,2),Dori Caymmi(# 5,6,8,9),Alan Broadbent(# 3,4,7).

Guitarist Russ Malone got his breaks backing crooners Harry Connick and Diana Krall, but with his mellow Georgia style and slow-smoked grooves, he's well on his way to a solo career. This all-ballad date is built around a sumptuous and hallowed string orchestra with more-than-capable arrangers at the helm: pianist Alan Broadbent, guitarist Dori Caymmi, and composer Johnny Mandel. With virtually every tune taken at a somnolent tempo, the date becomes more the moody sleeper than it need have been, despite Malone's occasional deft double-timing ("Wind in the Willow") and soaring ("Why Try to Change Me Now?"). A feather-light rhythm trio "features" veteran sideman Kenny Barron, whose piano barely peeks into the limelight. Established young groovemeisters Christian McBride (tip-toeing in baby elephant shoes), and Jeff "Tain" Watts (brushes only!) don't merely coast, but tip their knowing hands into nudging along rare old standards like Irving Berlin's "How About Me" and David Raksin's "The Bad and the Beautiful." Hearing Malone caressing the late Milt Jackson's title ballad may well draw similarities with Joe Pass's stunning technical wizardry and George Benson's deep-blue silk. We wouldn't be surprised (but might be delighted) to hear Russ unveil his own mellifluous baritone here and there on some date soon. Heartstrings might score points as a classic "make-out" album à la Johnny Mathis, except perhaps when Malone's deeply devotional side emerges on a final familiar hymn ("What a Friend We Have in Jesus").
 

Peter Bernstein - Signs Live! (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 2:33:33 | Size: 350.63 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. Blues for Bulgaria
2. Hidden Pockets
3. Dragonfly
4. Jive Coffee
5. Pannonica
6. Useless Metaphor

Disc 2
1. Let Loose
2. All Too Real
3. Resplendor
4. Crepuscule with Nellie / We See
5. Cupcake

Brad Mehldau - Piano
Christian McBride - Bass
Gregory Hutchinson - Drums
Peter Bernstein - Guitar


Label: Smoke Sessions Records
 

Herbie Steward, Gene Dinovi, Dave Young , Yukio Kimura - One Morning In May (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:15 | Size: 90.23 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. One Morning In May
02. Charade
03. What's New
04. Witchcraft
05. Memories Of You
06. Yesterdays
07 All The Things You Are

Bass – Dave Young
Drums – Yukio Kimura
Piano – Gene DiNovi
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Herb Steward


Recorded May 19, 1992, Kan Nai Hall, Yokohama.
 

Colin Steele Quartet - Diving for Pearls: Jazz Interpretations Of The Pearlfishers Songbook (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 47:32 | Size: 98.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. The Bluebells 05:41
02. We'll Get By 05:09
03. Everything Works Out 05:02
04. The Vampires of Camelon 03:49
05. Ice Race 03:58
06. You'll Never Steal My Spirit 05:04
07. Gone in the Winter 05:54
08. Snow on the Pines 05:45
09. The Umbrellas of Shibuya 06:08
10. Swan Dreams 01:03
 
Colin Steele - trumpet
Dave Milligan - piano
Calum Gourlay - bass
Alyn Cosker - drums


Label: Marina Records
 
Steele has a long association with The Pearl fishers since he appeared as a studio musician on many of their albums. Steele: "I'd played on many sessions with The Pearl fishers before, and have a similar taste in music with David Scott, with our shared love of Burt Bacharach, Beatles and Beach Boys. I was impressed by the depth of the beautiful melodies and could immediately hear my own voice playing these melodies - specifically using the 'Miles Davis sound' of the Harmon mute." The results are simply gorgeous. The album kick-starts with the joyous blast of "The Bluebells" - a song that originally appeared on the Pearl fishers album "Up With The Larks". Colin Steele makes it swing and rise just beautifully. His warm, melodic playing and tone is also a perfect match for the wonderful "Everything Works Out", one of Scott's most enduring songs. "The Vampires Of Camelon" rides on a great piano riff reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi - brilliantly played by Dave Milligan, Steele's long-time collaborator, who also arranged the album. Quite fabulously so.
 

30 July, 2017

The Doug Webb Quartet - Sets The Standard (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:29 | Size: 143.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. My Shining Hour
2. Trouble Is A Man
3. Star Eyes
4. Little Girl Blue
5. These Things
6. Gone With The Wind
7. Jitterbug Waltz
8. Chelsea Bridge
9. Ask Me Now
10. I Remember You

Doug Webb, tenor, stritch, soprano sax
Alan Broadbent, piano
Putter Smith, bass
Paul Kreibich, drums
 
Doug Webb's newly released Sets The Standard is a textbook case of individual resourcefulness and group consonance in the context of songs often associated with the jazz tradition. For the most part, Webb, who plays tenor, stritch, and soprano sax on the record, puts his assertive, hard blowing persona on hold in favor of a somewhat laid- back, nuanced approach to the heads and to improvisation. It doesn't feel like a compromise or a concession to marketplace realities as much as another dimension of a very large, diverse talent.

Pianist Alan Broadbent makes for an ideal foil, particularly by enriching the three duo tracks, "Little Girl Blue," "Chelsea Bridge" and "Ask Me Now." While Webb plays the melodies, Broadbent is clearly an equal partner, leaving the impression of possessing a world of information at his fingertips, yet choosing his comments carefully, so as not to say too much or too little. He echoes pieces of Webb's interpretations of "Trouble Is A Man" and "Little Girl Blue." Broadbent's syncopated, chime-like chords and long, slippery single note runs inform the leader's statement of the out head of "Jitterbug Waltz."

Although everything hangs together nicely as a whole, the listener is advised not to get too comfortable, or let his/her attention lapse. Things change. In tandem, Webb and Broadbent make music that isn't dense or particularly busy, but is filled with arresting details and minute alterations of shade and texture. To cite an extreme example, "Chelsea Bridge" ranges from Broadbent's ethereal introduction to Webb's explosive cadenza.

Throughout the quartet tracks, bassist Putter Smith and drummer Paul Kreibich (whose smooth brushwork is exceptional) round out the band in fine fashion. This is not a group comprised of edgy, competing voices; rather, mutual respect rules, and —especially on "Trouble Is A Man"—it's a pleasure to hear each instrument operate in its own space. In the course of "Jitterbug Waltz," Smith's foundational bass line is every bit as important in the overall scheme of things as Broadbent's and the leader's solos.

The link between recent recordings in which Webb often improvises in a driven, extroverted manner and his comparatively relaxed work on Sets The Standard is the sophisticated way the saxophonist arranges his ideas. Regardless of the setting there's always continuity, design and purpose that shuns incomplete thoughts or unrelated fragments. On "These Things" (an "All The Things You Are" contrafact, and the only original composition on the record), Webb's solo is joined to the head, gradually expanding on short, silky melodies somewhat reminiscent of Paul Desmond. Brief double time runs suddenly take flight and then land smoothly, adding spice, yet leaving the solo's flow intact throughout "Jitterbug Waltz." "Ask Me Now" often features Webb's long, graceful lines, and leaves space for Broadbent's interjections in the lower and upper ends of the keyboard.

The various ways that Webb, Broadbent, Smith and Kreibich breathe new life into standards is a welcome change from recordings filled with abstract or doctrinaire compositions with little or no connection to real human emotions. Filled with enlightened individual and group expression, Sets The Standard welcomes listeners of all persuasions.
 

Russell Malone - Time For The Dancers (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:11 | Size: 106.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Time for the Dancers
02. Leave It to Lonnie
03. The Ballad of Hank Crawford
04. There'll Be Another Spring
05. Pocket Watch
06. Theme from Chico and the Man
07. And So It Goes
08. Little B's Poem
09. Flowers for Emmett Till

Personnel:
Russell Malone (guitar),
Rick Germanson (piano),
Luke Sellick (bass),
Willie Jones III (drums).


Recording Date February 28, 2017
 
If 2016’s All About Melody showcased Russell Malone’s love of a good melodic song, then 2017’s Time for the Dancers finds him building upon that sentiment and celebrating his affinity for sweet, rhythmic grooves. The guitarist’s third album for High Note, Time for the Dancers is a fluid, engaging production that finds Malone straddling the line between urbane, acoustic jazz standards, earthy funk, and virtuosic balladry. Helping him achieve this superlative balance are longtime bandmates pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Luke Sellick, and drummer Willie Jones III. Together, they play with the kind of nuanced interplay and sensitivity that come with years of live performance — which they have. With his acoustic, hollow-body guitar and warm, un-effected sound, Malone comes off as a grounded, no-nonsense musician; a swing-friendly progenitor of straight-ahead jazz and standards. All of which is true and evident here. That said, he’s also an incredibly soulful improvisationalist with a wide-ranging ear for all kinds of music. What’s so invigorating about his approach is just how seamlessly he is able to incorporate all that he hears into one gorgeously realized style. In that sense, he brings to mind a balance of such elder luminaries as Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and yes, George Benson.

From the buoyant and dreamy, ’60s-influenced title track to the bluesy twang of “The Ballad of Hank Crawford,” Malone grounds the proceedings with his steady, rhythmic swing and perfectly timed attack. It’s a skill most evident on his funk-infused homage to his longtime friend, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, on “Leave It to Lonnie.” Centered on a tasty bass riff, the song finds Malone slowly building his groove-based solo, weaving in bits of crunchy atonalism and deliciously bluesy asides. Elsewhere, he applies an equally compelling energy to Jose Feliciano’s breezy “Theme from ‘Chico and the Man’,” and a poetic, gorgeously rendered, classically influenced solo take on Billy Joel’s ballad “And So It Goes.”
 

Niels Viggo Bentzon - Third Stream Music (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:10 | Size: 83.09 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Nylon Tip
02. Rush On
03. No Style
04. It's Blowing Half a Gale
05. Music for Concrete Poetry
06. Marcel Proust Vignet
07. There Are No Flowers in My Room
08. Tough Guy
09. Walking Monkey
10. In the Old Candy Store
11. Rigomarole
12. Reel (feat. Contemporary Jazz Quartet)
13. Cakewalk
14. Charleston
 

Marie Kruttli Trio - Running After The Sun (2016)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 49:20 | Size: 121.27 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1 Istanbul Dort (07:55)
2 Balancing on a Wall (07:27)
3 Running After The Sun (04:02)
4 Windy (08:08)
5 Kambly Swing (04:40)
6 Contemplative Birds (05:44)
7 Pocahontas (06:06)
8 Sailing Day (05:28)

Marie Kruttli – Piano
Lukas Traxel – Double Bass
Martin Perret – Drums


All Songs written by Marie Kruttli

Recorded at P4 Studio by Marco Birkner (February 2016) in Berlin.
 
It's the sun that shapes our daily reality. It's passion that drives my music. The will to see and hear, to shape stories that vanish as night comes and that bring new meaning and hope with a new dawn. Let's face darkness but Run After the Sun!
 

Liam White - Anyone Can Swing (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:40 | Size: 68.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Lucky [02:45]
02. The Thought Of You [03:10]
03. Where Did You Go [02:52]
04. You'll Never Know [04:34]
05. Out Of The Blue [03:05]
06. Couldn't Get By [04:11]
07. Addicted To You [03:24]
08. Just A Little While [04:11]
09. Stars [04:28]
 

Krzysia Górniak - Emotions (2008)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:47 | Size: 118.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Emotions (6:11)
02. Lullaby (7:11)
03. Visions (8:47)
04. City Power (5:11)
05. Circulations (6:21)
06. Motions (5:13)
07. Imagination (4:34)
08. Friendship (5:14)
09. Sunny (5:04)
 
Label - Diuna Club
Recorded in Studio Winicjusza Chrósta w Sulejówku 2008

Krzysia Górniak - guitars, composition, arranger
Zdzislaw Kalinowski - piano
Michal Grott - bass guitar
Przemek Knopik – drums
 

Black Motor - Branches (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:23 | Size: 108.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. But Not Willingly
2. At The Red End Of The World
3. Decision Jump
4. Blue Eyes Cryin' In The Rain
5. Branches (Citizen Music)
6. Tulee Päivä
7. Longer The Distance, Sweeter The Sound
8. Letting Go (Was Part Of the Plan)

Released June 2, 2017

Tane Kannisto: tenor, alto & baritone saxophones, nagaswaram
Ville Rauhala: double bass
Simo Laihonen: drums & percussion


Introspective fire music from Black Motor, one of the best kept secrets in the Finnish scene. Powerful free music brimming with energy, melodic innovation, and a strong sense of unity within the trio. Long-time members bassist Ville Rauhala and drummer Simo Laihonen are joined here by sax man Tane Kannisto (previously known from Sound And Fury) to deliver a strong musical statement, and a convincing next step for Black Motor.
 

Swing Shift Big Band - ALive & Swingin' (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:14 | Size: 139.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Just Friends (4:46)
02. Big Swing Face (4:37)
03. My Friend, Willie (4:30)
04. Ring A Ding Ding (feat. Dave Statham) (2:50)
05. I Love Being Here With You (feat. Larisa Renee) (2:55)
06. King Porter Stomp (3:50)
07. Quintessence (4:15)
08. Too Marvelous For Words (feat. Larisa Renee) (2:30)
09. All The Way (feat. Dave Statham) (3:44)
10. Doxy (4:51)
11. Struttin' With Some Barbecue (4:33)
12. South Of The Border (feat. Dave Statham) (2:50)
13. Jumpin' At The Woodside (4:31)
14. I Got Rhythm (feat. Larisa Renee) (2:58)
15. Take The ''A'' Train (3:54)
16. In The Mood (3:40)

Personnel:
Carol Olson - piano;
Jeff Pighin, Mike Lewis, Jim John, Dave Coules, Rolf Rogde - saxophones;
Mike Coulson, Fabian Frendo, Rob Williams, Danny Wilks - trombones;
Bob Clegg, Jim Shea, Noel Methven, Kevin Thompson - trumpets;
Norm Stewart - guitar;
Bob Weir - bass;
Darryl Knox - drums.
Larisa Renee, Dave Statham - vocal.


Label: Independent (Canada)
 

Steve Langone Trio - Breathe (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:00 | Size: 109.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Humpty Dumpty
2. It Never Entered My Mind
3. Sometimes I Feel
4. Fitteen
5. Down By The Riverside
6. The Life Of A Tulip
7. Glow
8. Song For Now
9. Shenandoah

Kevin Harris piano
Steve Langone drums
Dave Zinno bass


Whaling City Sound
 

Philippe Lemm Trio - New Amsterdam (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:01 | Size: 101.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Chrysalism 07:35
2. When You Wake Up 07:44
3. Emily 05:54
4. Intro 03:25
5. ESP 05:29
6. Night and Day 07:42
7. Dust in the Wind 06:17
 
OUTSIDE IN MUSIC 2017

Philippe Lemm - Drums
Angelo DiLoreto - Piano
Jeff Koch - Bass
 
The Philippe Lemm Trio, comprised of Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm and American pianist and bassist Angelo Di Loreto and Jeff Koch, respectively, houses a dynamically creative, exciting, and fresh sound, spanning multiple influences from all of its members. The trio won the International B-Jazz competition in 2015 and the group’s performance of Di Loreto’s original composition “Salt Road” earned an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award in 2013. The three musicians met during their master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in 2011, where they quickly realized that they had an undeniable musical chemistry and understanding of each other’s musical personalities. They began performing together in and out of the school, and eventually did a residency at the newly-formed True School of Music in Mumbai, India in August- December 2013, where they taught, gave masterclasses, and toured with Bollywood music star Shilpa Rao. Musically, the group’s sound draws influences from the classical, jazz, and prog rock idioms, to name a few. Their sound is captivating and exciting, and always strives to be fresh, original, and moving.
 

Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, George Mraz, Lewis Nash - Grand Slam (2000)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:00:23 | Size: 138.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Slam (Jim Hall) (12:21)
02. Chelsea Rendezvous (Joe Lovano) (6:52)
03. Border Crossing (Jim Hall) (6:20)
04. Say Hello To Calypso (Jim Hall) (6:42)
05. Blackwell's Message (Joe Lovano) (10:58)
06. All Across The City (Jim Hall) (9:39)
07. Feel Free (Joe Lovano) (6:36)

Personnel:
Jim Hall - Guitar;
Joe Lovano - Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Clarinet;
George Mraz - Bass;
Lewis Nash - Drums.


Recorded at the Regattabar, The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 20-22, 2000.

Label: Telarc ‎– CD-83485 (EU)
 

Jan Lundgren Quartet - Illingen (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:24:08 | Size: 192.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
Disc 1
01. potsdamer platz 08:09
02. announcement jan lundgren 00:42
03. no. 9 07:54
04. announcement jan lundgren 00:43
05. lycklig resa 11:02
06. announcement jan lundgren 00:41
07. the poet [fade out] 09:55

Disc 2
08. twelve tone rag 13:25
09. announcement jan lundgren / happy birthday 01:09
10. tvaredet 07:54
11. announcement jan lundgren 01:23
12. dance of masja 12:08
13. announcement jan lundgren 00:52
14. never too late [fade out] 08:17

Jan Lundgren - p
Jukka Perko - sax
Mattias Svensson - b
Morten Lund - dr
 

Ivanov Jazz Trio - Snow In New York (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:42 | Size: 81.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Snow in New York [05:41]
02. Autumn Light [05:24]
03. Strange Song [05:22]
04. Jarrett Waltz [05:20]
05. Russian Song [05:41]
06. Samba [06:16]
07. Drood's Flight [05:58]
 

29 July, 2017

Yuri Hirota - Flea Circus (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 27:15 | Size: 55.45 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Flea circus
2. Islands in the current
3. Give me the Simple Life
4. I've Got a Crush on You
5. Fun Time!
6. November
7. Bolero in December
8. Get Out and Get Under the Moon

Yuri Hirota (Piano)
Kuichiro Hiraoka (Guitar)
Mitsui Mitsui (Violin)
Yamakami Hitomi (Flute)
Atsuke Sato (Bass)
Ishikawa Satoshi (Percussion)


Release on August 19, Wednesday 2015
 
Yuri Hirota's 1st album, pianist Yuri Hirota who performs unique activities such as participating in bands such as "Black Ship Lady and Gintama Orchestra" and "Mos Lands", while placing a great deal on the performance at the jazz club.
 

The Ruby Braff Quartet - Watch What Happens... (2001)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:19 | Size: 144.42 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Handful Of Keys 4:11
02. Slumming On Park Avenue 7:11
03. It's All Right With Me 4:34
04. Watch What Happens 6:43
05. Shadowland 4:10
06. Here's Carl 6:27
07. We'll Be Together Again 5:43
08. The Blue Room 7:36
09. Frankly 3:57
10. Over The Rainbow 7:31
11. What A Little Moonlight Will Do 6:08

Personnel: Ruby Braff (cornet); Darryl L. Sherman (vocals); Howard Alden (guitar); Dick Hyman (piano); Jake Hanna (drums).

Recording information: Nola Studios, New York, NY (09/12/2001).
 

Jane Ira Bloom - Like Silver, Like Song (2005)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:01:02 | Size: 139.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Dreaming in the Present Tense 2:47
2. Unconscious Forces 6:44
3. Singing in Stripes 3:59
4. Altair 4 2:26
5. Vanishing Hat 9:14
6. White Light 3:59
7. No Orchestra 5:35
8. Magnetic 4:18
9. In an Instant 2:44
10. Mercury 7:00
11. Night Skywriting 2:43
12. Dark Knowledge 2:11
13. I Have Dreamed 3:30
14. Singing in Stripes 6:24
 
Label - Artistshare

Jane Ira Bloom - soprano sax
Jamie Saft - keyboards, electronics
Mark Dresser - bass
Bobby Previte - drums
 

Elisabetta Serio - Sedici (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 53:01 | Size: 121.06 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Afrika (feat. Sarah Jane Morris)
2. Little Lies
3. Freedom
4. Il cielo sotto di me
5. Rumors
6. Trees
7. Mr. P
8. Brad
9. 7 Reasons Why

Label: Via Veneto Jazz
 

Cyrus Chestnut - There’s A Sweet Sweet Spirit (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 59:56 | Size: 132.15 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1 The Littlest One of All 04:20
2 Chopin Prelude 06:53
3 Nardis 07:33
4 Little B's Poem 04:50
5 Christina 04:51
6 CDC 06:23
7 You Make Me Feel Brand New 06:07
8 Easy Living 08:32
9 Rhythm-A-Ning 04:51
10 There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit 05:36

  
Personnel: Cyrus Chestnut (piano); Lenny White (drums).

Recording Date February 27, 2017

Label: HighNote


Cyrus Chestnut's 2016 effort, the superb Natural Essence, benefitted greatly from his pairing with the duo of bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White. Thankfully, the pianist has followed up with another engaging set featuring the same veteran luminaries. An adept virtuoso talent, Chestnut soars alongside Williams and White on 2017's There's a Sweet Sweet Spirit. Elder jazz statesmen, Williams and White have decades of experience under their hats with credits for such legends as Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, and many others. Similarly, Chestnut has worked with such luminaries as Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, and more. While all of his albums are worth checking out, there is something inspired and kinetic about his playing with Williams and White, as if they are all three pushing each other to discover new avenues of expression. Joining them this time on several tracks is yet another volcanic talent in vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Though he only appears on three cuts, his warm harmonic resonance contrasts beautifully with Chestnut's as they dig into an expansive late-'60s jazz sound on two of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's best-known compositions, "Little B's Poem" and "The Littlest One of All." Away from Nelson, Chestnut displays his genre-bending skills on "Chopin Prelude," transfiguring the classical piece first with a cubist Thelonious Monk-style intro and later with a swinging Ellingtonian mid-section. Similarly compelling are the group's muscular and exotic take on Miles Davis' "Nardis" and a spritely reading of Williams' "Christina." Elsewhere, they deliver a languid and romantic take on the Stylistics' 1973 classic "You Make Me Feel Brand New," and dive headlong into the pianist's own Latin-infused "CDC." Ultimately, if there's one overriding sentiment that drives all of There's a Sweet Sweet Spirit, it's Chestnut and his band's spirit of soulful camaraderie.
  
Cyrus Chestnut - There’s A Sweet Sweet Spirit (2017) 

28 July, 2017

SWR Big Band & Sammy Nestico - A Cool Breeze (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:08 | Size: 148.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Cell Talk (3:59)
02. Along Came Betty (5:00)
03. A Cool Breeze (5:29)
04. I'll Follow My Secret Heart (4:46)
05. Shirley (4:09)
06. Close Enough For Love (4:31)
07. Moonlight On The Ganges (3:49)
08. Frankie & Johnny (5:20)
09. Poor Butterfly (5:19)
10. 'Round Midnight (3:37)
11. Tippin' In (3:59)
12. Toni (5:25)
13. Softly From My Window (3:37)
14. The Jazz Music Box (5:09)

Seventeen musicians-one sound. And a very convincing sound, at that. The SWR Big Band has so far been nominated four times for a Grammy - the most important music award in the world. Also it received in 2015 a Jazz Award in Cold ffom German music industry. Enjoyed a great honor in 2011, when it was the first German band ever suggested for the "Premio da Musica Brasileira", Brazil's most important music award. In the face of so much fame, it seems almost modest to say that the SWR Big Band is one of the best big bands in the world.

Sammy Nestico is a composer-arranger whose accomplishments and credits have earned him legendary status in the music business.

Today’s word that best describes him is “iconic.”

He has done it all: a host of big band arrangements including those for the Count Basie Band, The Airmen of Note and Germany’s SWR Orchestra, movie and television scores, and a variety of commercials.

Along the way, he has won a bunch of Grammy Awards and, judging by the smile that appears to never leave his face, he has had a great deal of fun doing what he loves to do.

He’s a perfect example of the adage: “Do what you love and the rest will follow.”

On June 9, 2017, SWR Music released A Cool Breeze: Sammy Nestico and the SWR Big Band which documents more of the ongoing love affair between this brilliant, Stuttgart-based big band and one of the most accomplished composer-arrangers in the history of big band Jazz.

Everything about this recording is simply splendid from the SWR’s technical execution of the arrangements, to the joyful and magical way Sammy’s charts play out on the listener’s ear to the audio quality which imbues the music with a rich texture and a warm sound. Listening to the music on this recording makes you realize why Big Band Jazz is a category apart and that when it’s done right, no other aspect of Jazz matches its majestic sonority.
 

Meg - Quicker Than The Eye (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:00 | Size: 103.87 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Thriller (4:58)
02. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (4:27)
03. Eleanor Rigby (4:42)
04. Emily (4:51)
05. It's All Right With Me (4:36)
06. I've Got You Under My Skin (4:42)
07. Destiny (4:56)
08. Only Trust Your Heart (4:00)
09. Sophisticated Hula (3:22)
10. Let's Face The Music And Dance (3:44)
11. Blame It On My Youth (5:39)

Born in Odate City, Akita Prefecture, Jazz Singer raised in Yokohama.

In 2006 debuted with the album "Grace" from the prestigious Verve label of jazz.

And the 4th album "Little Waltz" of world-class bassist Ron Carter Produce becomes a big topic.

In recent years, she performed vigorous activities in a jazz singer but also in a field of pops, Tetsuya Komuro composer / Reiko Yukawa songwriter "Re-love ~ Love you again ~" (2010) appointed as the theme song of the movie "Destiny town" In addition, "Sayonara Kabukicho" (15) Theme Song, Anime "Hero Bank (TV Tokyo)" ED Theme, Drama "JK is Snow Life" (MBS · TBS Series Broadcast) ED Theme, New TV Series for the First Time in 30 Years "Lupine the 3rd" overseas edition OP theme, etc. We are in charge of various tie-up songs.

In December 2016 we released the best album collecting original songs of the past to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the debut. And this year, which will be the 10th anniversary YEAR this year, Osao Kotaro Composition / Yukawa Reiko song "Something like Jacaranda's Flow" started from April, the insertion song of MBS / TBS drama "Final Fantasy XIV Hikari no Dada"

C / w "rain of time" is appointed as the theme song of July released movie "Her life is not a mistake".

In addition, on July, JAZZ album 'Quicker Than the Eye' of luxury big band led by Moriya Junko was released and a nationwide tour was held.
 

Matthew Whitaker - Outta The Box (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:20 | Size: 131.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Matt's Blues ( 2:48)
02. Neighborhood Park ( 6:34)
03. Flow ( 4:54)
04. Mas Que Nada ( 4:10)
05. I Thought About You ( 4:48)
06. Song For Allie ( 7:54)
07. Take A Break ( 4:58)
08. Back Track (10:04)
09. Pistachio ( 4:07)
10. Until Next Time ( 7:03)

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard.

At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.

Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of the Lighthouse Guild in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attends the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program.

He previously studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ.

Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen.”

He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts & Ali Cultural Arts in Florida, and at international venues in France, Italy, Morocco, and Japan.

In 2010, Matthew was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. A year later, at just 10 years old, he was invited to perform at Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. He returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO in 2016, where he won the audience over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Matthew has been on National and International television which included an appearance on the syndicated TV talk show ELLEN!
 

Marica Hiraga - Vintage (2017)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 51:13 | Size: 117.83 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. April In Paris (4:25)
02. So In Love (4:25)
03. Everything Happens To Me (4:30)
04. Angel Eyes (4:05)
05. As Time Goes By (4:36)
06. September In The Rain (4:21)
07. Golden Earrings (4:34)
08. I Loves You Porgy (5:21)
09. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (2:58)
10. When You Wish Upon A Star (3:35)
11. Cheek To Cheek (5:13)
12. Good Morning Heartache (3:11)

Marica Hiraga is Japan’s leading jazz vocalist with a rich talent both in expression and technique. Her professional career began in 1981 after she was awarded the Asia Music Award in Hong Kong. She has acquired her understanding and feeling of jazz by performing and traveling between Tokyo and New York.

Her first Jazz standard album, My Shining Hour, was released in 2001, and won the Best Singing Techniques award at the 19th Japan Jazz Vocal Award hosted by Jazz World magazine in 2003. Her 2nd album, Faith, released in 2006, was recorded with Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern Trio. Faith was selected as “ Swing Journal Gold Disc” and became her breakthrough album.

She then worked with the legendary jazz combo, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, lead by David Matthews, on 3rd album, Close to Bacharach, which was highly praised as the new Bacharach standards. The album was again selected as “ Swing Journal Gold Disc” and she received the Best Vocal award at the 41st Jazz Disc Award, hosted by Swing Journal, one of the most prestigious awards for jazz music in Japan.

In May 2008, she released a collection of mature love songs as 4th album, More Romance, and in November, she released 5th album, BATUCADA-Jazz‘ n’ Bossa, on which she worked with many prominent musicians including the genius Gil Goldstein, the leading AOR musician Michael Franks, Marcos Valle, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett and Randy Brecker, as a celebration album for bossa nova’s 50th anniversary. BATUCADA was again selected as“ Swing Journal Gold Disc” and won her the Best Vocal award at the 42nd Jazz Disc Award.

In 2009, she released 6th album, Sing Once More-Dear Carpenters, a tribute album to Carpenters, for which she received the grand prize at the 25th Japan Jazz Vocal Award and the Best Vocal award at the 43rd Jazz Disc Award, making her the first musician to receive this award for 3 consecutive years.

In 2011, She released 7th album, Mona Lisa-Tribute to Nat King Cole, a tribute album to the legendary singer, Nat King Cole.
Marica Hiraga’s latest album, Sings With The Duke Ellington Orchestra, released in April 2012, The full big band album which becomes the first in self is challenged, and costarring with a historical big band is achieved.

She has been performing at numerous concert halls and jazz festivals, and her artistic talents extend to a wide range of activities, such as being a radio personality and contributing as a music magazine columnist.
 

Janet Seidel - The Art Of Lounge Volume Two (1997)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 55:39 | Size: 129.21 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Poinciana (4:07)
02. Lonesome Road (3:10)
03. Agua De Beber (4:02)
04. Oh How My Heart Beats For You (2:05)
05. They Say It's Wonderful (3:51)
06. You're A Lucky Guy (3:07)
07. It Had Better Be Tonight (3:05)
08. Perhaps (2:35)
09. Slow Boat To China (3:10)
10. Spanish Harlem (4:29)
11. Skylark (4:01)
12. Always Something There To Remind Me (3:37)
13. Button Up Your Overcoat (3:24)
14. You Belong To Me (4:04)
15. Can't We Talk It Over (3:08)
16. Sentimental Journey (3:46)
 
Recording Date February 7, 1997 - February 8, 1997

Personnel: Janet Seidel - Vocals/Conductor; Col Nolan, Maree Steinway, Kevin Hunt - Piano; Chuck Morgan - Guitar; Paul Williams - Tenor Sax/ Clarinet; Tom Baker - Tenor Sax/Cornet/Vocals; Ben Jones - Alto & Tenor Sax/Vocal; David Seidel - Bass; Billy Ross - Drums; Ian Bloxsom - Percussion; John Morrison - Drums/Percussion; Mirka Rozmus, Rebecca Daniel, Michelle Kelly, Anne-Louise Comerford; Rachel Valentine - Strings
 
Australia's Janet Seidel continues to work magic on popular songs of the past, many of which have become standards. Like her first volume honoring the art of sophisticated swing and ballads, Seidel chooses to work in small-group settings, sometimes with sax or cornet added, other times with strings. When the sax is in control it adds a jazzy tingling. On "Poinciana," tenor saxman Paul Williams sneaks in jazz figures behind Seidel and the strings, creating interesting counterpoint. Another highlight track is "Lonesome Road," where the singer, Maree Steinway's piano, and Chuck Morgan's guitar framed by the rhythm of David Seidel and John Morrison beget a version of this tune that is bouncy but also as relaxed as one could expect to encounter. Seidel's unapologetic admiration of Doris Day is evident with "Sentimental Journey." But there is no big band cum Les Brown here. Rather, it's another laid-back small group rendering, this time with bass, guitar, and drums. Seidel is the vocal counterpart of alto sax player Paul Desmond, who was renowned for his comfortable playing style and respect for the melody line. The closest to vocal gymnastics is on "Slow Boat to China," where the ambidextrous Baker switches to cornet. Seidel has cut eight albums paying tribute to great popular music for the La Brava label. Each is a testimony to her vocal artistry and this does no less. Highly recommended.
 

Bob Merrill - Tell Me Your Troubles: Songs By Joe Bushkin Vol. 1 (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:54 | Size: 110.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 Frank Sinatra Remembers Joe
02 Oh Look at Me Now
03 There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
04 Wise to Myself
05 Girl Wanted
06 Goin’ Back to Storeyville
07 Tell Me Your Troubles
08 Lovely Weather
09 Something Wonderful Happens in Summer
10 Man Here Plays Fine Piano
11 Boogie Woogie Blue Plate
12 Red Buttons Remembers Joe
 
Bob Merrill: vocals and trumpet; Eric Comstock, Ted Rosenthal, John Colianni, and Spike Wilner: on piano; Wycliffe Gordon: trombone and vocals; Nicki Parrott: bass and vocals; Jay Leonhart: bass, Harry Allen: tenor saxophone; Steve Johns: drums.

Record Label: Accurate Records
 
There are several arcs of history and experience intersecting on Bob Merrill's Tell Me Your Troubles—Songs by Joe Bushkin, Volume 1. The first is that of Joe Bushkin (1961—2004). Bushkin was a swing era pianist and composer best known for his association with trumpeter Bunny Berigan's band, guitarist Eddie Condon, Max Kaminsky, Joe Marsala, and Muggsy Spanier before World War II and Louis Armstrong, Bud Freeman, and Benny Goodman after the war. His style of composing, as evidenced on his son-in-law Bob Merrill's opening homage to him, is decidedly swing era with forays backwards into traditional jazz. It is quaint and historic. It is also vital and necessary. One does not know where they are going without an appreciation from where they came.

Bob Merrill's previous recording, Cheerin' Up The Universe (Accurate Records, 2015) might have had about the hokiest title, but its heart was clear: the dissemination of infectious music intent on raising smiles and causing heads to nod and feet to tap. Merrill comes across as a better-behaved Jack Sheldon with a more wholesome message. And there is a place for this. Merrill's sunny disposition shines bright on the present recording, reflecting his admiration for his father-in-law enough to devote multiple recordings to him. Was Bushkin the greatest performer? No, but that is not the point. Bushkin came to work and did his job and that was to compose music and perform it for entertainment and Tell Me Your Troubles is anything but short on entertainment.

Merrill lovingly puts together nine pieces either composed by, or associated with, Bushkin and is not stingy with his sharing the music. Merrill sings and trumpets on Bushkin's best known piece, "Oh Look at Me Now." He firmly establishes himself as the leader and curator of this collection of music, while allowing the likes of Kathryn Crosby and Wycliffe Gordon to sing these treasured songs. Crosby upends "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin," while Gordon gives his Satchmo best on "Boogie Woogie Blue Plate. That Harry Allen and Jay Leonhart are on hand is all gravy. This is as happy a recording as Cheerin' Up The Universe with a big heart an bow to the artist who was Joe Bushkin
 

The Harry Whitney Trio - Far Yet Near (2007)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:15 | Size: 96.49 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Far Yet Near 9:53
2. Lone Pine 2005 2:24
3. Absent 1:17
4. This Feeling Part I 1:54
5. Waves 2:03
6. Uneven Development 9:02
7. Holding Back 2:41
8. Open Game 6:12
9. Still There Is Cold Reflection 1:05
10. Up Away 4:03
11. This Feeling Part II 1:43
12. Goodbye 0:58

Harry Whitney piano
Cory Combs bass, bass guitar
Matt Aiken drums


Evander Music EM 047
 

Paweł Szumilas - Nienasycenie (2017)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:19 | Size: 78.08 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01 Ballada 2:32
02 To Co w Nas 2:36
03 Polish 2:40
04 Jazz Ukryty 2:35
05 Grzech 2:38
06 Wieczór dla Nas 2:43
07 Muzyka Duszy 2:34
08 Akwarium 2:35
09 Piano Solo 2:43
10 Jesteś Daleko 2:34
11 Ukoić Tęsknotę 2:36
12 Relaks 2:43
13 Impresje 2:39
14 Twój Portret 2:42
15 Zanim Zaśniesz 2:37

Paweł Szumilas piano

Label: Rehegoo USA
 

Mulgrew Miller - Hand In Hand (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:14 | Size: 124.12 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Grew's Tune (8:05)
02. For Those Who Do (6:41)
03. Thinkin' Out Loud (7:56)
04. Leilani's Leap (5:41)
05. Like the Morning (5:24)
06. Hand in Hand (7:19)
07. Return Trip (6:01)
08. Waltz for Monk (5:51)
09. Neither Here nor There (8:55)
 
Label - Novus

All songs written by Mulgrew Miller except "Waltz For Monk" (Donald Brown).

Mulgrew Miller - piano
Eddie Henderson - trumpet and flugelhorn
Kenny Garrett - alto and soprano saxes
Joe Henderson - tenor sax
Steve Nelson - vibes
Christian McBride - bass
Lewis Nash - drums
 

Lisa Casalino - Introducing Lisa Casalino (2011)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:05 | Size: 119.69 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. 'S Wonderful
02. The Good Stuff
03. Break A Leg
04. Easy Street
05. Dream Dancing
06. I Get Along Without You Very Well
07. This And That
08. Manhattan
09. Smile
10. Broken Hearted Melody
11. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
12. On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe

Bass – Kelly Friesen
Drums, Vibraphone – Chuck Redd
Guitar, Producer, Arranged By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Nate Najar
Piano – Rossano Sportiello
Tenor Saxophone – Harry Allen (2)
Trumpet – Jon-Erik Kellso
Vocals – Lisa Casalino


Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, NYC on June 6 and 7, 2011.
 
Lisa Casalino is a local jazz singer in Tampa that has been entertaining the community with her singing talents for nearly two decades, and in Central Florida since 1998. Casalino originates from Long Island, New York and has been a very welcomed and appreciated artist for many years in Tampa, FL. Singing in many local Tampa restaurants and events, while touring all over Florida, Lisa Casalino is now one of the most wanted singers in the Tampa Bay area. Combined with her incredible musical talents, her beauty and amazing persona have made her unstoppable. Truly a woman who is an incredible example for making dreams come true, we can only wait in anticipation to see where else her career will lead her. Until then, we enjoy the singing talents of Lisa Casalino at our favorite restaurants and popular events if they are lucky enough to book her in time!
 

Janet Seidel - The Art Of Lounge, Vol. 1 (1997)


Genre: Jazz / Jazz Vocals | Total Time: 1:04:03 | Size: 147.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. The Very Thought Of You (5:43)
02. To Say Goodbye (3:32)
03. Comes Love (4:11)
04. I've Got A Crush On You (4:51)
05. I Get Lost In His Arms (6:23)
06. At Sundown (4:35)
07. The Sweetest Sounds (4:47)
08. Fools Rush In (4:29)
09. Gee Baby (3:27)
10. Mas Que Nada (3:10)
11. Love For Sale (5:28)
12. I Had The Craziest Dream (5:38)
13. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (4:52)
14. Black Is The Colour (2:57)

Performing since she was 17, Janet Seidel is now one of Australia's more prominent vocalists. She records exclusively for the La Brava label. Despite the title of her latest effort, this is by no means an album of easy listening, lounge type music. Even though there's the presence of a heavy cadre of strings on several tracks, they are offset by the presence of musicians steeped in the jazz tradition, such as Tom Baker on tenor sax. Also having a jazz flavor, "I've Got a Crush on You" is done in a small-group setting; Paul Williams provides a mellow background, and his clarinet contrasts nicely with Seidel's simple, straightforward rendition of this popular classic. Even on those tunes where the strings are present, there is still a feel for jazz. A slow-paced arrangement of "The Sweetest Sounds" mixes the strings with Kevin Hunt's melodic piano playing. With a voice that combines all the good features of Blossom Dearie with some Peggy Lee and Doris Day stirred in for seasoning, Seidel is at home in a number of styles. She can lull you with a sentimental ballad and then get naively erotic with a blues. She gets together with Col Nolan's Hammond B3 organ for a version of "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" that blends innocence with allurement. The Latin beat gets a nod with "Mas Que Nada," and a touch of soulful regret is heard in "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" behind Tom Baker's wailing tenor sax. There's a come hither quality in her interpretation of "Love for Sale," featuring Baker on cornet. Seidel takes on a poetic bearing on "Fools Rush In" which, as much as any track, reveals her ability to convey the essence of the story embedded in the lyrics she sings. Irrespective of genre, all the tunes are delivered in a delightful, ear-catching, engaging manner. Featuring Australian musicians of the highest caliber, this CD of more than 60 minutes of varied vocalizing is highly recommended.
 

Jacinta - Day Dream (2006)


Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 57:28 | Size: 130.11 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Enfim
2. Decide Lá
3. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
4. I'm All Smiles
5. In A Sentimental Mood
6. Alma Confusa (Azure)
7. Jogral
8. Canção De Embalar
9. Luiza
10. How I Wish
11. Day Dream
 
Jacinta (Gafanha da Nazaré, Ílhavo, May 26, 1971) is a Portuguese jazz singer. It is presented to Portugal in the Chuva de Estrelas program in which she plays Ella Fitzgerald. In 2001, Jacinta received the "Musician Revelation" award from the program Five Minutes of Jazz (Antena 1) and was referred to as 'The Portuguese Jazz Singer' by José Duarte.
 

Irio De Paula Trio/Quartet - Lembrando Wes Montgomery (2003)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:31 | Size: 151.01 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Jingles 7:20
2. Bock to Bock 10:01
3. Four on Six 6:07
4. For Heaven's Sake 4:44
5. West Coast Blues 6:46
6. Fried Pies 7:14
7. Bumpin' 5:19
8. The Thumb 6:56
9. Road Song 6:56
10. The Trick Bag 4:40
11. My Thing 2:28
 
Label – Philology

Irio De Paula - guitar
Riccardo Ballerini - organ
Pietro Iodice – drums
Francesco Lo Cascio - vibraphone (2,8)
 
One of Europe's best guitarists pays tribute to Wes Montgomery on this mostly trio outing from 2003. Irio DePaula is obviously influenced to some extent by Montgomery's style of playing, though he finds his own voice in this collection of ten Montgomery compositions and the well-known standard "For Heaven's Sake." The best examples of his work include the very fluid interpretations of "Jingles" and Four on Six," along with a soulful take of "Bumpin'." Organist Riccardo Ballerini provides strong support without overdoing it, while drummer Petro Jodice helps to keep the musicians on track. Vibraphonist Claudio Lo Cascio adds a nice touch to two tracks. Irio DePaula has recorded extensively for Philology and deserves to be more widely known; this fine effort should help spread the word.
 


Giancarlo Schiaffini Band - About Monk (1992)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:09:25 | Size: 171.18 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Potenza Dell'Anacoluto 6:31
2. NDK 8:07
3. Ottusangoli 6:28
4. Indigo Owl 8:32
5. 'Round Midnight 4:04
6. Mercoledi 17 6:45
7. Per Nulla Chiaro 7:26
8. Blookan 10:52
9. Interballad 3:23
10. Trocheo Reale 6:50

Recorded in April 1992 at Regson Studio, Milano.

Alto Saxophone – Gianluigi Trovesi (tracks: 1, 3, 7, 9, 10)
Clarinet [Alto] – Gianluigi Trovesi (tracks: 2, 4 to 6, 8)
Clarinet [Piccolo] – Gianluigi Trovesi (tracks: 10)
Double Bass – Piero Leveratto
Drums [Trap Set], Sounds – Tiziano Tononi
Flute – Eugenio Colombo (tracks: 2, 5, 9)
French Horn – Pasquale Innarella
Percussion, Electronics – Fulvio Maras
Soprano Saxophone – Eugenio Colombo (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6 to 8, 10)
Trombone – Giancarlo Schiaffini
Tuba – Rudi Migliardi
 
Giancarlo Schiaffini is an Italian jazz trombonist and tubist most associated with avant-garde music, free improvisation and free jazz. A member of the Italian Instabile Orchestra, Schiaffini has worked with such artists as Mario Schiano, Lol Coxhill, Andrea Centazzo and also Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Also, he has collaborated with the Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza.